Columbo: Season 3, Episode 7

Swan Song (3 Mar. 1974)

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A gospel singer wants to be rid of his zealous wife. But a murder made to look like an airplane accident does not fool the wily Lt. Columbo.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Brown
Edna Basket Brown
Roland Pangborn
J.J. Stringer
Bill McKinney ...
Luke Basket
Mr. Grindell
Janit Baldwin ...
The Colonel
Lucille Meredith ...
Jean the seamstress
Don Mantooth ...
Phil (as Donald Mantooth)
Jefferson Kibbee ...
Bonnie Van Dyke ...
Maryann Cobb
Douglas Dirkson ...
Jeff the airport mechanic (as Doug Dirkson)


A popular folk singer's plane has crashed. Two passengers have died, and one has escaped with minor injuries. Was it really an accident? How could it not have been? Or, was it really a nearly perfect murder? Columbo is called in to find out. Written by Cindy

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The police aircraft Columbo rides in (Just step on the seat) is N8642H, a North American Navion. See more »


The shadow of the boom mic can be seen on the wall in the upper left corner when Johnny Cash and Ida Lupino are arguing in the dressing room. See more »


Lt. Columbo: [Showing ID in a hushed tone] L.A.P.D., Lieutenant Columbo. I just didn't want to identify myself in front of the reporter.
Roland Pangborn: Why not?
Lt. Columbo: Well, it's like you're saying, it's better to be unofficial until you get the facts.
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Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
Written by Kris Kristofferson
Performed by Johnny Cash
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a wayward preacher meets up with Columbo
16 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Columbo episode is a real treat, as it features a singing Johnny Cash and footage from one of his actual concerts. Cash plays a singing evangelist who, with his domineering wife, travels the country performing religious music in order to raise money for a new tabernacle. Johnny's a little upset as he never gets to see any of the money. When he makes noise about it, his wife, well played by Ida Lupino, to keep him in line, prances out an underage member of the choir whom Cash once seduced. The Cash character plots a great murder by crashing his plane with his wife and choir member in it while he parachutes out.

I thought Johnny Cash did a great job. He had such a tremendous voice and presence, and acting was very natural and relaxed. All in all, a wonderful "Columbo."

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